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Samsung unveils bendable/stretchable OLED display

Samsung unveils stretchable OLED display that's bendable/foldable

By Anthony Garreffa from May 23, 2017 @ 23:09 CDT

If there's a mobile display company that's always pushing the edge of display technology, it would be Samsung. The company has recently shown off its prototype 1.96-inch 4K LCD for future VR headsets, and its 3.5-inch 120Hz OLED display.


Samsung had another mobile display prototype, something that was different to the others as its a stretchable, foldable display - in something that sounds like borderline magic. Samsung said that the new technology is similar to other flexible display prototypes, and they're not sure on when this could hit the market at a consumer level.

The company showed off a massive 9.1-inch display that could be bend on either side oef the screen. A Samsung spokesperson explained: "While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed in only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed -- whether curved, bended or rolled -- in both sides, above and below".

What markets could we see Samsung use a flexible display in? Smartphones would be a nice deployment as we could get bendable screens that would be like the current dual-edge display on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but imagine if you could fold the bend out straight again. The use cases for this would be huge, as you could use the dual-edge display when you're out and about but when viewing video content, or email, Facebook, or the trillions of other apps, in 'full screen', bending the edged displays out.

Samsung will most likely use this technology across the entire market, including the automotive, wearable, and IoT markets. I wouldn't expect to see anything until 2020 at this rate.


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